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Jesus asks a question

Jesus has a question for Philip. Jesus called Philip to be a disciple as he (Jesus) was leaving Bethany after being baptized by John.

Philip’s immediate response was to find Nathanael and tell him “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

  • While it started as a question for Philip, it is also a question for me.
  • Jesus wants to know.
  • Do I believe that Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him?

Yes! Yes, and yes again! Amen! Jesus is the great I AM.

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own, but the Father, as He remains in Me, does His works.[1]

John 14:9-10

Jesus is talking on His own initiative and authority. The Father, abiding continually in Him, does His works, His attesting miracles, and acts of power.

Jesus, the Messiah, is the Son of God. God says it and Jesus affirms it. As the Apostle John says “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. ” I must confess that Jesus is the Son of God.

Jesus is not God’s Son in the sense of a human father and a son. God did not get married and have a son. God did not mate with Mary and, together with her, produce a son. Jesus is God’s Son in the sense that He is God made manifest in human form (John 1:1, 14).

Jesus is God’s Son in that He was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:35 declares, “The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.’”

  • Matthew 3:17  — and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.
  • Matthew 17:5  — While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!
  • 2 Peter 1:17  — For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”

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[1] New American Standard Bible. (2020). (Jn 14:9–10). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.